They join group for meal at the Romanov restaurant

Last night Britney Spears met up with veteran Hollywood star Mel Gibson for a meal at a Russian restaurant.

The pair – who were once neighbours in Malibu – joined others for a 2-hour group dinner at the Romanov restaurant in Studio City.

‘It was exciting to have both of them here together,’ a restaurant source tells People.com. ‘We heard they hit it off.’

Britney, 26, accompanied by her friend Victoria, didn’t bother to dress up. She wore jeans, a green top and boots for the meeting.

Mel, 52, and a few pals joined them in the restaurant’s private dining room where they were served filet mignon and Russian specialties.

Britney left for her nearby home around 8:15pm.

‘She looked happy,’ says an observer, ‘so it seems the meeting was a success.’

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